What’s a Greek souvlaki or gyros without Tzatziki? This cucumber, garlic yogurt dip is a must-have recipe to have on hand, to enjoy with souvlaki, or alone with pita bread.

I wish I could indulge in a huge bowl of homemade Greek Tzatziki with fresh pita bread, but I can probably manage just a teaspoon due to my dairy limits.

I’ll tell you right off the bat that my Tzatziki recipe has NO DILL. I dislike dill in my Tzatziki and I don’t ever remember my mom putting dill in her Greek Tzatziki recipe.

Here is my recipe for Greek Tzatziki, which is a MUST dip for my Pork Souvlaki recipe:

Greek Tzatziki

Ingredients

1 cup Greek yogurt — try to buy from the Greek bakery but if you can’t, buy a good quality Greek yogurt from the grocery store. It’ll have a thick consistency, which is what we want in a good Tzatziki recipe.

¼ cup finely minced cucumber

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:
  1. Drain yogurt if too watery. I use a coffee filter lined colander to let runny yogurt drain during the day. 
  2. Slice cucumber into thin slivers, and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for a half hour. Squeeze out excess water from cucumber. Then, chop into fine pieces.
  3. Remove water from yogurt and add to bowl. Add minced cucumber, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon juice.
  4. Mix together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Yield: 1 cup

Greek Tzatziki

Greek Tzaziki
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup finely minced cucumber
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Drain yogurt if too watery. I use a coffee filter lined colander to let runny yogurt drain during the day. 
  2. Slice cucumber into thin slivers, and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for a half hour. Squeeze out excess water from cucumber. Then, chop into fine pieces.
  3. Remove water from yogurt and add to bowl. Add minced cucumber, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and lemon juice.
  4. Mix together. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g
Tzatziki

Author

Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.

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